Dollar Store Chain Accused Of Extorting Shoplifters

Law360, New York (June 1, 2015, 4:23 PM EDT) -- A dollar store chain was slammed with a proposed class action in California state court accusing the retailer of extorting money from customers accused of shoplifting by sending them illegal dunning letters from a law firm.

Plaintiff Dennis Stankie said in his complaint, filed on May 28 in Los Angeles County Court, that 99 Cents Only Stores LLC scares customers into paying money that they don’t have to pay with baseless legal threats of criminal prosecution and civil suits. Stankie claims that 99 Cents Only uses a...
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